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Buyer's AgentIf you are planning to buy a Bastrop, Smithville or Cedar Creek home soon and have just started looking, you are likely to find many options online with just the click of your mouse.  Once you begin to browse online, it is easy to wonder if you need a buyer’s agent at all. Because you will find so much information instantly available to you, it is tempting to think you don’t need help to buy a house. The reality is that finding a house is the easy part. Making sure you have selected the right house and preparing yourself to purchase that house and then getting that house closed is where you may be faced with challenges. Here are a few ways your agent can help.

 The first thing an agent can do for you is to educate you on the process and what to expect.

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1001 Colorado StreetThis Colorado River Gem is located in the heart of Smithville and has been lovingly updated for your pleasure. Four bedrooms, three full baths and one half bath plus 3,500+ square feet of living space make up this ranch style home sitting on 3.36 acres.

The updated kitchen includes stainless appliances, glass front cabinets, ample storage and a decorative backsplash. The spacious dining room is adjacent to the kitchen and overlooks the large backyard. Also, along the back of the house, you will find the breakfast area with a corner fireplace and the large family room, with gas fireplace, vaulted ceilings, lots of built-ins and a wall of windows. A cozy den with built-in shelves and hardwood floors provides another space for gathering or quiet time.1001 Colorado Street

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Lost Pines Art Center Art GetawayThe Lost Pines Art Center hosts Art Getaway every other month on the third Saturday of the month. The event is packed with a wide variety of art sessions you can register for plus live music, activities for kids and regularly changing events for you to enjoy.

This Saturday, you will have several fun sessions to choose from including Intro to Tape Painting, Glass Blowing and iPhone Photography. A Coloring Zentagles table as well as a kids crafting area will be available for free with St. Patrick’s Day themed crafts for participants. Ragtime Willie will perform from 4:00-5:00. The Bastrop Chick Line Dancers will perform from 1:00-1:30. There will also be artist demonstrations taking place during the afternoon as well treats and snacks available at the

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KonMari OrganizationWith the popularity of Marie Kondo’s Netflix show Tidying Up, you would have to be in hiding to not have heard of the art she teaches in an effort to help people create organization in their homes. Whether you are looking to sell your house sometime soon or just want a more organized home for your family, there are many benefits to the KonMari method that are likely to work for you. 

If you want to give it a try, start small by picking one room and work through that with intention and by following Marie’s advice. She advises you to start by making a pile of all like items together so you are looking at it all at once. If you are starting in your bedroom where clothes are frequently a problem, take all of your clothes and put them on your bed. This

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228 Ann PowellThis property provides a private house setting and surrounds you with panoramic views that you will fall in love with. Perched high on a hill and bordering State park land, this 3 story home offers beautiful views from the many decks and five bedrooms, three full baths and 3,700+ square feet of living space for your needs.

The main level of living space is the second floor and contains the kitchen and dining area, family room with gas log fireplace and two bedrooms with a shared bathroom. The spacious kitchen offers plentiful cabinets and lots of counter space, a breakfast bar and tile backsplash. Windows are plentiful offering lots of natural light.228 Ann Powell

 Head upstairs to the private master with a trey ceiling, which includes an ensuite bath with

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Sounds of Smithville Sounds of Smithville will take place on two Saturdays in March. The events share FREE live music in local spots for your enjoyment. While you are enjoying the music, shop, grab something to eat or drink and invite a friend to join you.

The music events  on March 9th include: Doctor Joy at Olde World Bakery, Blanca De Leon at E.H. Mercantile, Dougie Burns/Davy Cowan at The Front Room Wine Bar and Bucksnort Boogie Boys at Huebels.

The music events  on March 16th include: Heidi Little at Olde World Bakery, Jessica Shepard at E.H. Mercantile, Lazarus Nichols at The Front Room Wine Bar and Jimmy George at Huebels.

When: March 9th from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and March 16th from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Where: Various locations at various Smithville

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Janis Penick Real EstateDeciding to move to a new Bastrop home is a big and important decision. It means listing your home, showing your home, selling your home, finding a new home, packing, moving and furnishing a new home. It may make you tired just thinking about it and it can be a long and stressful process. With the right agent to work with, the process of selling your home and buying another can be exciting and even fun.

Here are four signs that it may be time to sell your home and find a new one.

Do You Need More Space?

Ten years ago, two bedrooms and one bathroom was a ton of space for you and your cat or dog when you had just finished college and were used to sharing a home with others. Then you got married, had a child (or two) and your home stayed the same

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121 Riverwalk LaneWelcome to your new home! This beautiful corner lot at ColoVista Country Club is waiting for you to build your dream home. Located on the #17 tee box, this lot has much to offer.

Pick your favorite builder and plan your home just the way you want it. ColoVista offers great amenities that you will enjoy from the first day you move in. Recreational activities include an 18-hole golf course, walking trails, tennis courts and a beautiful pool. The community pool overlooks the Colorado River and provides resort style swimming and relaxing for you. Start your summer days with a round of golf followed by an afternoon relaxing at the pool. With all ColoVista has to offer, you will wonder why you didn’t build here sooner.

For more information or to see

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Sherwood Forest FaireThe Sherwood Forest Faire kicks off the 2019 season on Saturday, March 2. It will run weekends through April 21, 2019 opening at 10:00 a.m. each day and closing at dusk.

The 25-acre property includes more than 100 buildings including stages, pubs, shops, a castle and more. A wide variety of entertainment with more than 150 shows each day will take place at the Sherwood Forest Faire. Expect to enjoy jousting, falconry, fire juggling, knife throwing, live music, comedy, sword fighting and a castle siege. In addition to the entertainment options, more than 170 artisans will be on site selling their goods. Expect clothing, wood items, pottery, musical instruments, decorative items, jewelry and much more.

Many options are available including the classic

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Furnish your new homeNow that you have closed on your new home, you probably can’t wait to furnish each room and get everything just the way you want it. It is really exciting to move into a new home and you may have been planning your home for months or years and have numerous Pinterest boards devoted to furnishing it. If you have been living somewhere much smaller, you may need to purchase a good bit of furniture for your new home. It can be a lot to think about all at once, which may lead you to make rash decisions and purchase items that you don’t love while racking up a lot of debt that will overwhelm your household budget.

Here are a few tips for furnishing your home while staying within a budget.

Take Your Time

Martha Stewart will not show up at your house

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